Diagnosis and Treatment of Overactive Bladder (Non-Neurogenic) in Adults: AUA/SUFU Guideline Amendment 2019

J Urol. 2019 Sep;202(3):558-563. doi: 10.1097/JU.0000000000000309. Epub 2019 Aug 8.


Purpose: The purpose of this guideline is to provide a clinical framework for the diagnosis and treatment of non-neurogenic overactive bladder (OAB).

Materials & methods: The primary source of evidence for the original version of this guideline was the systematic review and data extraction conducted as part of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Evidence Report/Technology Assessment Number 187 titled Treatment of Overactive Bladder in Women (2009). That report was supplemented with additional searches capturing literature published through December 2011. Following initial publication, this guideline underwent amendment in 2014 and 2018. The current document reflects relevant literature published through October 2018.

Results: When sufficient evidence existed, the body of evidence for a particular treatment was assigned a strength rating of A (high), B (moderate), or C (low). Such statements are provided as Standards, Recommendations, or Options. In instances of insufficient evidence, additional guidance information is provided as Clinical Principles and Expert Opinions.

Conclusions: The evidence-based statements are provided for diagnosis and overall management of OAB, as well as for the various treatments. Diagnosis and treatment methodologies can be expected to change as the evidence base grows and as new treatment strategies become obtainable.

Keywords: guideline; nocturia; overactive; urinary bladder; urinary incontinence.

Publication types

  • Practice Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Critical Pathways / standards*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Evidence-Based Medicine / standards
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care / standards
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
  • Societies, Medical / standards*
  • United States
  • Urinary Bladder, Overactive / diagnosis*
  • Urinary Bladder, Overactive / therapy*
  • Urology / standards